Welcome to St. Paul’s Lodge Newsletter. This regular monthly communication is intended to keep you, as well as friends of the Lodge, informed of recent activities and upcoming events. Your input and feedback is welcome and appreciated.
The highlight of August was our summer meeting on August 22nd. St. Paul’s Lodge hosted members of the Ephraim Kirby Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star.
The event featured a light dinner followed by a most interesting and captivating presentation by Judey Sawyer Buckbee. Judey told the attendees the story of her great-great-great-grandmother’s cousin, John Elliott Hart, a U.S. Navy officer and Commander of the USS Albatross for the Union Army during the Civil War. Hart, a Mason, died on his ship during a battle on the Mississippi River in Louisiana. Knowing he desired a Masonic Burial, the Albatross crew appealed to the Masons on the Confederate side to permit his burial on their soil. The request was granted and Hart was buried in a graveyard at Grace Episcopal Church—a church that the Albatross had bombarded heavily that day! Two Masons from the Albatross, and Masons from the Feliciana Lodge in St. Francisville, LA performed the Masonic burial. “This Civil War story so vividly displays true Masonic Brotherhood—so powerful it could stop a war, if only for a brief few hours,” Judey said.
Your Worshipful Master had the opportunity to reconnect with some brothers from whom we have not heard for a while. Brother Jesse Nivolo reports that since his last visit to the Lodge, he has been married and that he and his wife are expecting their first child. In addition, he is doing work on his house so he has a lot going on right now. He sends his best to all the brothers. Brother Garrett Deuterman has started a new job which conflicts with our regular Wednesday meeting times. He misses the Lodge and the brothers, and asked that we keep him informed of Lodge events and activities. Brother Tom Fredsall, who now lives in South Carolina, says he too misses being an active member of St. Paul’s. However, he is doing well and is enjoying life. Brother Henry Wolfe has been living in New Zealand for the past several years, but remains a member of St. Paul’s Lodge. He is planning a trip to the U.S in October and may have the opportunity to attend one of our meetings.
LODGE BUILDING REPAIRS AND IMPROVEMENTS
Re-siding of the Lodge building has been completed, and the building and Beautification Committee is currently seeking bids to paint the building. The committee is also investigating doing some work on the building in the rear of the Lodge in order to weatherize it, and possibly upgrade it. Work is also in progress to install two ashlars at the base of the steps leading up to the front door.
AWARDS DINNER & CEREMONY
At our October 3, 2018 stated communication we will be holding an Awards Dinner and Ceremony. This event will be held to recognize brothers who have achieved membership milestones of 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50 and 50-plus years, in addition to presenting individual awards for exemplary and praiseworthy contributions to St. Paul’s Lodge. The event will be complimentary to all brothers and their guests. Invitations have been sent to all members. To date we have 10 brothers who will be honored and over 35 people attending in all. If you plan to attend and haven’t yet replied, please take a moment to send in your reply card so that we can plan accordingly.
SEPTEMBER 5, 2018 – ENTERED APPRENTICE DEGREE AND GRAND LODGE INSPECTION
At our stated communication on September 5th, we will be raising two Entered Apprentices: Mr. Courtney Brown and Mr. Devin Cain. This will also be our Lodge inspection night by Brother Charles L. Schofield, RW District Director of the Grand Lodge of Connecticut and his Associate Grand Marshall, WB Michael A. Adams. This meeting will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 6:30 pm.
LADIES AT THE TABLE DINNER AND CEREMONY
Ladies at the Table is a very different kind of Masonic event. Its primary purpose is to honor a Mason’s lady, i.e., wife, significant other or widow, as well as other selected ladies. It also gives the ladies the opportunity to meet other Lodge members and their ladies. While not a degree or ritual, the dinner is a structured event featuring several courses and specific toasts. The dinner will be held on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at La Cupola Ristaurante in Bantam, CT. Dinner for the ladies will be complimentary. Formal invitations and additional information will go out during the next couple of weeks, but for now, please reserve the date.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS
October 17th: S.C. & program featuring a presentation on York Rite Freemasonry
November 7th: S.C. & program featuring a presentation on Scottish Rite Freemasonry
November 21st: S.C. & Fellow Craft Degree
A LITTLE MASONIC HISTORY
From 1769 to 1792 there were two Grand Lodges that claimed Masonic Jurisdiction in the American Colonies; an English Grand Lodge (St. John’s) and a Scottish Grand Lodge (St. Andrews), both located in Boston. Before 1781, virtually all of the lodges that existed in Connecticut had been chartered by St. John’s Lodge. As there was no Grand Lodge in Connecticut at the time, on May 22, 1781 a petition was presented to St. Andrews Lodge by Ashbel Baldwin requesting the granting of a lodge at Litchfield CT. The petition was signed by fourteen men under the leadership of the Rev. James Nichols, Rector of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. A charter for the lodge was granted under the title of St. Paul’s Lodge No. 16 naming Ashbel Baldwin as the first Master. One of the signers of this charter was Paul Revere, who was then Senior Grand Warden of St. Andrews Grand Lodge. As a result, St. Paul’s Lodge owes its lineage to Scottish Masonry rather than English Masonry.
In 1792 the two grand Lodges in Boston merged. In October of 1790, St. Paul’s Lodge received a new charter from the recently established Grand Lodge of Connecticut designating it St. Paul’s Lodge No. 11.